Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS): From Books to the Bedside to the Boardroom

Author(s): Zellinger Mary Jane

Contact Hours 0.63

CERP C 0.63

Expires Dec 31, 2023

Topics: Career Development

Population: Lifespan

Role: Staff, APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

The essential responsibilities, activities and skills required for the new and experienced CNS provide a variety of opportunities, and sometimes challenges. This intermediate session examines successful strategies for transitioning into the role, ensuring a thorough orientation, determining specific needs of the assigned population, nurses and the hospital and strategies to guarantee ongoing growth. Addressing and overcoming challenges is discussed.


  • Describe the elements needed to ensure a successful transition into the CNS role.
  • Identify goals and strategies to create your best future and be unstoppable in your 1, 5 and 10 year plan.
  • Discuss attributes needed in a mentor to help you achieve your goals.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 0.00 contact hours.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

Refund Policy

Continuing Education Activities are nonrefundable.